Birds of the World

Fringillidae : Finches

American Goldfinch

Carduelis tristis

male - Delaware, USA - July 2002

The American Goldfinch is common throughout most of North America.

male - Delaware, USA - July 2002

When I was living in the States at the turn of the Century, I once took a Japanese friend out birding with me. When an American Goldfinch flew by he got very excited and pronounced it to be "a flying lemon!". Quite an apt description really...